When Hurricane Ian was winding its way through the Caribbean and across Cuba, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was mobilizing rescue and recovery crews and machinery to the west coast of Florida, the most likely predicted area to be hit by the Cat 4 storm.
With most spaghetti models showing the likely landfall to be around the Tampa area, folks in that area started hunkering down, provisioning and evacuating.
Everything was in place to deal with the landfall, except that no one could know that Ian would alter its course slightly and make landfall at Ft. Myers instead.
While the storm was hitting, Governor DeSantis was already redirecting the emergency teams and vehicles and waiting for the storm to abate enough to start rescue and recovery.
While all hands were on deck in the Sunshine State, some outside the hurricane-savvy South were quick to criticize any and all goings on in Florida.
As the New York Post reported, before the location of landfall had even been nailed down, President Biden called three Florida Mayors and did not call Gov. DeSantis hours before the storm hit. Calling fellow Democrats Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, St. Pete Mayor Ken Welsh, and Republican Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard preceded Biden checking in with DeSantis.
On Tuesday night the president finally spoke to DeSantis on the phone.
Governor DeSantis had made it clear that if it came down to federal aid for matters under question at that time, such as sending illegals to sanctuary cities or choosing the best for his state in political matters, he would put Florida first.
However, when the almost-Cat 5 storm hit he put his politics aside to deal with more important matters and did request federal aid in regard to the hurricane, putting the matter back in the hands of the Biden Administration and FEMA.
The storm hit the U.S. on Wednesday, damaging the west coast of Florida before traveling across the state as a tropical storm, moving to the Atlantic Ocean and gaining strength, and then making landfall a third time as a Cat 1 on the entire South Carolina coast on Friday with the eye coming in south of Georgetown, S.C.
Long before Ian was in S.C. DeSantis had rescue and recovery under way.
President Biden is planning to visit Florida this coming Wednesday to view the damage.
Ron DeSantis has silenced critics thanks to his outstanding hurricane response. A video of him cooking for repair crews went viral online. His diligent response flies in the face of liberals who claimed he would fail.
Some media outlets suggested that Gov. DeSantis was not prepared for the hurricane.
But as the Patriot Journal reported, in fact, the rockstar Republican has put critics to shame with his impressive response to the historic storm
Not only has he mobilized workers, volunteers, and corporations–he is rolling up his sleeves and assisting responders.
He’s even putting Biden to shame, by making workers breakfast. DeSantis lauds the community support in Florida.
Thank you for providing meals to the linemen working to restore power. pic.twitter.com/w0AkexcUeU
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 1, 2022
Not only that, but DeSantis himself is pitching n with his own hands.
A video of him cooking for crews has gone viral.
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 #FloridaStrong (@DeSantisWarRoom) October 1, 2022
Wow, this guy knows what he’s doing. Not only is he working overtime to help rebuild storm-impacted communities, but it looks like he’s won over critics, Patriot Journal notes.
“Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ongoing fight against progressive culture’s creep into Sunshine State classrooms and his recent publicity stunts to spotlight the illegal immigration crisis under President Joe Biden have taken a back seat as DeSantis focused on preparing Floridians for Hurricane Ian and then helping those impacted by the devastating storm – a high-profile show of leadership that political analysts say will serve DeSantis well, both in the immediate and long terms.
The fast and competent response by DeSantis’s team is putting Joe Biden, liberal critics and liberal media to shame.
Democrats tried to use the hurricane to slander DeSantis, hoping it would hurt him in the upcoming election.
Instead, DeSantis refused to make it about politics–instead focusing on mounting a monumental recovery effort.
Thanks to the Republican governor, they had 42,000 linemen restoring power, 1,800 emergency assistance personnel from over two dozen states, and even large corporations donating money and services.
Because of the governor’s efforts, over 63,000 hot meals were served to people at food banks across the state–just a day after the storm landed.
By October 1, they served over 100,000 hot meals.
No matter the metric you use, DeSantis’s response has been top-notch. His dedication to put his people first has put Biden to shame–who hasn’t done a thing as numerous crises hurt America.”
Why is no one nationally talking about whether South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is responding to Ian’s damage on the S.C. coast? Maybe because McMaster is not in line to run for the Oval Office in 2024.